Disney stops releasing ceremonial pigeons as they become hawk food

Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2002 4:43 AM | Contributed by Sawblade5

The pigeons used in shows such as Cinderella's Surprise Celebration at the Magic Kingdom and Beauty and the Beast at Disney-MGM Studios, became sitting ducks when red-tailed hawks figured out they could count on an easy meal at the same time every day. Disturbed by the thought of sending the birds to almost certain death, Disney this week stopped releasing the homing pigeons -- ending a tradition that began about 30 years ago.

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